Friday, August 22, 2008

Cruising Down the River!

Our weather has been perfect for spending time at the cabin on the river, and doing some cruising in the jet ski. The captain doing the navigating is my younger son, Greg.

Here he is, above, sitting next to me, manning the steering wheel, while I am snapping pictures. I'll have to keep it a secret from him that I put his photo on my blog though. lol.

So I thought I'd show a few pictures of our lovely river, along with a few of some of the cabins we see along the way. There are many more, some elaborate and large, some smaller and some tiny, (but quaint,) like our cabin.
The Current River is a very beautiful river with blue green waters, and scenic views. This is where it really begins, at Big Spring, in Van Buren, Missouri. The ladies on the dock in this picture didn't know they were going to be on my blog, just as Greg didn't know!

As the Current River winds its way through our hilly, forested County, it sings its sometimes tumultuous, sometimes placid song. And in the water, on the banks, and in the sky above it, wildlife thrive. Can you see the nose of the jet ski, where I am sitting, snapping the pictures?

Another picture going north on the river. I have not been successful at snapping a picture of any of the Great Blue Herons, although they are always around, for the fishing is good on our river. But I will keep trying, and maybe have some next time. Many Bald Eagles spend winter along the Current, arriving in the fall, as do other beautiful visitors like the Osprey, or fish hawk. Of course, tourists from all over the country come to enjoy some float trips and fishing on our beautiful river. Float trips are done in huge inner tubes, that are carried along with the river's current. The last time I went on one of those was with my daughter and son-in-law, a few years ago. These days, I prefer cruising and floating in the jet ski. Not as scary!

And below, you see a few of the cabins we passed.

Heading back now after a totally relaxing hour spent cruising the river. Guess where I will be once again, very soon?

I hope you enjoyed the pictures of this area, featuring our favorite playground-the Current River.

Thank you for visiting. Have a great weekend, and week ahead, friends.


Nonna said...

Thanks for letting us float down Current River with you! Such beautiful pictures!! It looks so peaceful! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

Dawn said...

Great pictures! And what a beautiful, relaxing place to spend some time! our river is brown & murky, so i'm really loving the blue green water you have there! Have a great weekend!

Old Lady Lincoln said...

How relaxing was that. Enjoyed each and every one of the photos along with the story. Glad you and your son were able to spend some time together.

Have a great week-end yourself. We're hoping for some rain, we need it badly.

audrey` said...

Dearest Renie

The river is so peaceful and beautiful.
The pics are so nice.

Thank you so much for taking us along the river with you through the pics =)


Gramma Ann said...

Oh! Renie,

I can't believe it, I felt like I was right there with you "Cruising Down the River on a Sunday Afternoon." That was fantastic and so relaxing...I must say you have a way with words that just draw a person right into the story...

Have a fantastic week-end and week ahead.


Mary said...


The Current River is beautiful. I remember you showing pictures at the Suite and even way back then I wanted to visit. Such pretty waters and the scenery is beautiful.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful river with us. It is the perfect place for rest, relaxation and taking a cruise with you handsome son.


deborah wilson said...


Beautiful pics - the water looks so clean. Wish I was doing the same thing! I don't think I've ever seen a blue heron, except in pictures - and one being tech's mascot...:)

Anonymous said...

Loved the photos, It brings back many memories of my time on the Quachita River in Sparkman Arkansas. I still love to visit there and reminise. That river is as calm as ours was or was at times, It could flood but it had great floating adventures.

Linda said...

You have a lovely place to get away and enjoy nature. What fun it must be traveling down the river on a jet ski. I so enjoy reading your stories. You have a way of bringing me along on your adventures.

Have a relaxing weekend.


Tammy said...

Wow, I want to come there. It looks so gorgeous and peaceful...something from a postcard.

How great it must be to have a place like that....I felt as though I took a trip there myself.


ancient one said...

Wow, Renie, that really looked like fun. And I don't think your handsome son will mind having his picture on your blog. This was an enjoyable trip. Thanks for taking us along. Loved the pictures!

BClark said...

Just looking at your pictures and enjoying your words cooled me off and relaxed me. I enjoy doing things like that. Where I live now, not much chance for it. When I was growing up in Fl, lots of opportunities. Thank you for your many visits Renie, I always enjoy your comments. Have a wonderful weekend.

Janice Thomson said...

What a wonderful tour of this beautiful river Renie. Lovely photographs!

Sandy said...

Well that was great drifting down the river with you. That first photo of the river, under the photo of your son, looks like a painting. Ahhh so gorgeous. And I love the photo of your cabin!!

Gosh, what a great area you live in. I really enjoyed seeing these and those photos of the unsuspecting subjects..hahah.

Michele said...


I'm tickled pink that you shared your adventures on the river! And, I wonder if Greg knows he's famous yet? hehehe You sly, woman, you! What a hoot! Felt like I was on the river with ya!

So glad you're enjoying the beautiful summer weather!


JennyLu said...

Hiya, nice river pictures. I can't believe you got on that personal water craft, they are so DANGEROUS!!! You daredevil you! SOunds like you had a really great adventure and gave us some beautiful pictures to OOGLE over.


Susie said...

Hi Renie,
What a beautiful tour of the Current River. I can really appreciate why you enjoy spending time here. All your photos are just beautiful and make me wish we had a cabin in this locale!

China Pattern said...

Rennie, I have certainly enjoyed this trip down the river. The float trip sounds good to me. I used to go tubing behind our boat. We sold the boat. My floating in tubes down a lazy stream is now confined to amusement park water rides. Maybe I will go canoeing. I miss that. The jet ski seems to be a pleasant way to make the journey. I haven't tried that.

Brenda said...

These pictures and stories you have told are making me want to go check this area out! I wish I had tried floating down a river when I was younger. Oh what the heck, maybe I will try it someday regardless of my age!

Anonymous said...

That's a beautful river. It must be extra special with all the birds.

Mountain Mama said...

Thank you so much for posting your lovely pictures Renie. You made me feel as if I were right there enjoying it with you.
My dad did a lot of river fishing and of course mom and we three girls accompanied him most of the time. It seemd like the river was a second home to us. I truly don't believe there is anything more relaxing that sitting beside a lazy river listening to the trickling sounds it makes as the sun shines warm and comforting on my head.
Thank you again and bless you dear.

Nonna said...

Wanted to drop in and say hello! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Midlife Mom said...

What a wonderful scenic trip down your lovely river! Just beautiful! I have never done one of those tube float trips but would love to someday as long as it was very calm! We don't have a jet ski as there are too many big boats flying around our lake but I love riding on them. Went on one in Cancun a few years back but it was in the ocean and the salt water kept getting in my eyes. I didn't like that. Your river is just so serene looking and peaceful. Aren't we blessed to have cabins on the water to enjoy!?! Nice post as always!

hippochick said...

Oh Renie,

What a wonderful trip you took us on. I just love water. Many years ago, when our children were young, we did a "fanny float" on the Susquehannah River. It was a fundraiser for MS. Our kids still talk about it.

Thanks for sharing your wonderful weekend.

~hippo hugs~


Sammy said...

Oh Renie, this looks so beautiful! And like so much fun! What a wonderful place to spend a vacation. Lucky you!! :-)

Have a great week,

The W.O.W. factor said...

Oh how beautiful Renie! You do live in gorgeous country! And what a fun time cruising down the river! And those cabins? Heck, I could make any one of those become my Home! Have a great week!

Mississippi Songbird said...

What a beautiful post. the photos and the words. Thanks for sharing and I bet your son won't mind about his picture.. Have a great week...

Merle said...

Dear Renie ~~ Sorry to be so late replying to your comments. Your photos of the river are beautiful.
And it's nice to see your son Greg who cuts the grass for you. The views are so relaxing and peaceful, no wonder you love it there. Glad you liked the photos of my friends and me when we were partying a week ago tomorrow. Since then my son and his wife spent a night here, so I have been busy and tired.And the usual cooking. The latest was a big crockpot of steak and kidney and lots of veggies. Take great care dear Renie. Love, Merle.

Urban School Teacher said...

Just found your lovely blog on one of my many wanders through the blogsphere. Fab pics! said...

I love the tour of the Current River! I think Missouri is one of the most beautiful states going! Of course I could be from Missouri! Smile Love all your photo's. Love and hugs ,Grams

Rosy said...

Looks like you are having a grand ole time on that river, very beautiful river pictures, I never been on a jet ski before, I always thought of them being too fast for me everytime I see them down on the bay shooting water from behind.

Eve said...

Stunning pictures. I love rivers. We use to go swimming in one when we were first married. Way back in the woods with pretty white sand. All the kids around, went there in the Summer. They had guided canoe trips, well they still do, I guess.

Karen H. said...

Good Morning Ms. Renie,
Well looks like I came to visit you just in time to go on a ride down the current river with you. Even tho I am scared of being on the water like that, I did enjoy it. LOL. I can't swim, so when water gets above my chest, it takes my breath away and I start freaking out. Oh well, the pictures of the river are just stunning. The blue/green colors are beautiful. The cabins are beautiful as well. Sounds like yall had a wonderful time there. I won't tell your Son he is on your blog. LOL. We are suppose to be going to Hardy this Saturday for the day, but they are calling for rain, so we will have to wait and see. We are going to go with my Parents. I have put up a new post this morning. Since I was last here, my hubby had a stroke and was hospitalized for nearly a week. I have a post that I put up on August 6 about it and then I updated everyone about him this morning. I would have emailed you, but I didn't have your email address. I am trying to get back into the swing of things since hubby will be going back to work today. It will take me a few days I'm sure. LOL. Take care my friend and have a great day. May GOD Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Tricia said...

This looks like one of those perfect places...the kind where time meanders and that's just fine.

Tina Coruth said...


This is so beautiful!! I love your pictures of the river, the homes, and your handsome son.

Those Great Blue Herons can be really camera shy. I finally got some shots this year of one that visited twice. Between the heron and the belted kingfisher, I think they have just about wiped out the frog population in the little pond. :-( Still it was wonderful to get to see them.

I hope you are having a great weekend!


Nancy said...

What a gorgeous view! I love water and would love to live in one of those little cabins. We lived on a lake for several years here in SC, but the snakes finally convinced us to sell! But I still long to sit and look at the water and watch the ducks come up to feed. So relaxing! Looks like you had a handsome driver on your river journey!

(((((( HUGS ))))))